Advanced Platform Technology Center
Gilles Pinault, MD
Gilles Pinault, MD, graduated with a BS from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Canada in 1987 and received his McGill University Faculty of Medicine in 1991. His residency was in General Surgery until 1998, fellowship in Critical Care Anesthesiology until 1999 and Vascular Surgery until 2001 all at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is American Board of Surgery certified in Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
As a Co-Director of the APT Center, Dr. Pinault identifies the medical and rehabilitation needs of veterans and communicating them to the investigators and Center leadership. He actively solicits input from peers within the LSCVAMC and CWRU medical communities, as well as the local and national professional consumers of technology. He is specifically charged with maintaining strong and productive linkages with all investigators, clinicians and medical consultants, and medical students. Dr. Pinault is the Medical Director of the Surgical ICU and has over 15 years of full-time service at the LSCVAMC as a vascular surgeon. He has served as Co-Investigator or Investigator on NIH, DoD, and VA grants, as well as numerous industrial-sponsored clinical trials. In addition, he serves as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and as a Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology at CWRU School of Medicine.
Photo: From the Advanced Exoskeletons for Independent Mobility project. Paralysis, muscle weakness, and lack of coordination are common consequences of combat related injury to the central nervous or musculoskeletal systems that can prevent a return to active duty or independent performance of essential activities of daily living. APT Center Investigators continue to improve the design, fabrication and testing of the bracing systems consisting of unique electromechanical joints that lock and unlock in coordination with voluntary or stimulated muscle contractions to restore or assist independent walking and upright mobility. Dr. Pinault is a clinical collaborator on this project.